The mandatory mini-camp of the New York Giants is now over. Here are some observations from a light Thursday exercise and from the three days in general.
Competition? Not this week
Head coach Joe Judge said in late May that the players knew the team would work through the volunteer spring methods and the mandatory mini-camp “with their safety in mind.” He added that “we want to avoid collisions in this part of the camp” and that practice will be at a controlled pace with little competition.
At the start of the mandatory mini-camp, the referee reiterated that he said the goal was “focus # 1
Judge was true to his word.
There was virtually no competition during the three-day mini-camp. Exercises at this time are without electrodes and are non-contactless.
The fighters worked 7-on-7 and 11-on-11, but they did so without any physical activity. There was some contact between offensive lineman and defenders. Defensive rumors simply overshadowed receivers and did not challenge catches in any way.
“I understand what OTAs are all about,” cornerback James Bradberry said. “It’s about us building these reps, getting that chemistry and also learning the defense. You also do not want anyone to get hurt. When you have players where you have guys coming at full speed and breaking passes, there is potential for injury. We do not wear pillows. ”
If you’re looking for things like “standout players” from mini-camp or bubble guys / non-designated free agents who might have improved their chances of getting on the team, I can not give you any. There just wasn’t enough live action to make any kind of credible assessment of these types of issues.
The Giants only played Monday to man coverage 23 percent of the time last season per game. Sports Info Solutions. It’s 26th in the league.
Defensive coordinator Patrick Graham did not want to come right and say that. With Adoree ‘Jackson and Aaron Robinson added in cornerback, Xavier McKinney healthy and Logan Ryan with the team from the start of this season, however, the relationship will almost certainly change.
“I know we did not play a ton of men last year, but we chose places to play man. Again, like the guys last year, they did a great job doing what we asked them to do. As if we were mixing more zone and then we had man in the pass. But again, I do not know what the recipe will be this year yet, ”Graham said. “But I do not want to be – I do not say that you were, but I do not want to be disrespectful to the guys who were here last year and who are not here. I mean, Adoree ‘brings another element, Aaron Robinson, Darnay, they bring another element to it. Will we probably be in more people? Optionally.
“But it’s always good to have that problem, so we will try to do what is best for that game, that game plan. But you have to play man-to-man coverage in this league, period, point-blank and of course six wins last year, we did not do enough on defense, so hell with that; we look at all options, whether it’s flash more, flash less, play less zone, play more man, we need a whole lot of options. Six wins will not cut it. ”
Graham does not receive complaints from Jackson if he is tasked with having many tough man-to-man tasks.
“The NFL is a passing league, so whether it’s man-to-man, zone, fight, whatever it may be, you just have to be able to play it and be versatile,” Jackson said via Zoom on Thursday. . “Almost everything down the field turns into a man, anyway … it doesn’t matter, you just have to have good eyes and try to make plays.”
Jackson said “the best part of playing defense is the 1-on-1 matchup with a wide receiver.
A Daniel Jones note
The wide receiver Darius Slayton said Jones is “jacked” and “actually has cuts in his arms.”
These things can be new. One thing that is old and still seems annoying is that Jones showed some hesitation in getting rid of the ball on Tuesday and Wednesday.
I’m not happy with myself for not bringing it up on Wednesday, to be honest. Pat Traina of Giants Country and I discussed Jones’ indecision as she put a stopwatch on half a dozen of his throws.
Options for return function
The Jabrill Peppers did a great job returning points for the Giants last season, averaging 12.5 yards on 15 rebounds.
This year, Peppers has company. First-round pick Kadarius Toney was an excellent returnee in Florida. Adoree Jackson has also returned punts.
Special Coordinator Thomas McGaughey said this week that the Giants will not shy away from using Peppers, but they are obviously fascinated by the possibilities with the “electric” Toney.
However, McGaughey was clear this week that Toney will have to earn point return jobs.
“Kadarius, you saw him on tape. He is what he is. He’s electric. He can do some things. But right now he just has to get in here with all the other rookies and get used to what we do and how we do it, ”McGaughey said. “You saw his tape in college. You know his abilities and what he can do with the ball in his hands, but right now he just needs to get in here and gain the trust of his teammates. That job as a point returns in this league, it is a huge job and a big responsibility. ”
Bye for now
When Tom Coughlin was the Giants’ head coach, he usually sent his players away from the spring drills with a reminder to remember that they represented the Giants, even when they were away from the facility. Call it a mild, or perhaps not so mild, “behave yourself” speech.
There are a few more OTA drills and some rookie work still to be done, but spring is now basically working for the Giants. So I asked Joe Judge and finished his first off-season program as Giants head coach what his message to the players would be when they traveled for their summer vacation.
The judge’s response was more technical than commanded.
“There will be many things we talk about today logistically when we get ready for camp. In general, we need to talk to the team about training, being in shape, making the right decisions off the field. There are many resources for us in this building and it is important for us to stay in touch throughout the summer. When they need something, we are always available. In general, that is the message, ”said the judge. “We meet individually with our players by position and find out what their plans for the summer are. We end with summer goals, training camp goals. This is not the last time we all see. We still have OTAs next week Monday and Tuesday and we will also be able to meet in detail with some of the guys here. ”
Giant players and coaches have avoided discussing the COVID-19 vaccine. Referee, Evan Engram and others have said there has been little discussion about whether players should be vaccinated or not, despite the resolution of protocols.
Cornerback James Bradberry was asked about the vaccine Thursday. You will recall that Bradberry missed a game last season as a close contact with a COVID-19 positive person.
“I have not spoken to any of the guys on the team about the vaccination. Of course, this is a personal issue. These guys can make the decision that’s best for them, ”Bradberry said. “I’m still trying to get all the information about vaccinations and the like so I can make a decision. Of course, I do not want to miss any game, maybe miss – as far as injury or something, COVID. ”
Bradberry admitted that the vaccine “definitely” would have helped him not miss a game last season.
“I have to get all the information. Still have to make a personal decision. This will be a personal decision for me, ”Bradberry said. “I have not found the answers to that yet.”
Thursday practice observations
- Coming out of a full practice on Wednesday, first-round pick Kadarius Toney was excused from Thursday’s training session due to a family accident.
- Riley Dixon deliberately hit some weird points on Thursday. Standing with AP Giants reporter Tom Canavan was the only description we could come up with, “helicopter puncture”. Dixon tossed the elongated bullet sideways and hit with a rotation resembling a helicopter blade. The effect was to make the ball act like a fading shot in golf, meaning a shot from a right-handed player moving to the right during flight. These looked insanely difficult to judge and capture. Darnay Holmes would probably agree as he dropped two of them and barely hung on to a third.
- Placekicker Graham Gano got into his only mini-camp work at the end of Thursday’s practice. He tried and seemed to make about four or five field goals.